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Youths explore Tahoe

Cheryl Millham of the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Center and Brooks Hill of Explore Tahoe hold a couple of skulls used in the Wildlife Uncovered interpretative program. (Provided to the Tribune)
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The city of South Lake Tahoe Department of Parks and Recreation’s Explore Tahoe: An Urban Trailhead and the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Center have begun their Wildlife Uncovered outreach program for local elementary students. Brooks Hill from Explore Tahoe and Cheryl Millham from the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Center have partnered together to bring to the community a fun, exciting and educational program for children in grades 1 through 4.

This interpretive program provides students with valuable information about Lake Tahoe wildlife. Students explore the skulls and pelts from eight different wild animals and use their observation skills to learn and interpret the differences and similarities between them. Included in the program are informative posters reflecting the various physical characteristics, diet and habitat of each animal as well as scat samples for comparison.

The students use their reasoning skills to deduce the difference between carnivores, herbivores and omnivores by comparing and contrasting each animal. Students observe the difference in colors, coat thickness and texture of each animal pelt and develop conclusions about each species’ survival mechanisms. Students are educated on the current status of each animal and learn what they can do individually to help improve their survival.



Teachers are encouraged to contact Explore Tahoe to schedule their class today. To schedule, call (530) 542-2908 or visit Explore Tahoe: An Urban Trailhead at 4114 Lake Tahoe Blvd., next to Cecil’s and the Marriott.


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